Newcastle should give Saivet opportunities rather than loaning him out

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez reacts during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Swansea City at St. James Park on January 13, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The midfielder could leave Newcastle United this month.

Henri Saivet of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Newcastle United at London Stadium on December 23,...

Newcastle United have yet to make any signings in this month's transfer window but there could soon be a departure from St James' Park.

Midfielder Henri Saivet, who has been on the periphery of proceedings for Rafael Benitez's side, is the subject of interest from Montpellier over a possible loan move, as reported by L'Equipe.

Saivet joined Newcastle from Bordeaux in January 2016 but has been restricted to just seven senior appearances for the club and spent last season on loan at Saint-Etienne.

Newcastle player Henri Saivet aarives before The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St James' Park on January 6, 2018 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Although he has been used sparingly by Newcastle, there is a feeling that the 27-year-old could have made an impact had he been afforded more opportunities.

Saivet scored against West Ham United in a rare Premier League appearance for Newcastle last month but has subsequently featured just once for the club.

Henri Saivet of Newcastle United and Mark Noble of West Ham United compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James'...

Especially when Newcastle's struggles this season are taken into consideration, Saivet should at least have been given more chances.

As it stands, if Saivet does leave then it won't have much of an impact on Newcastle given how little he has featured this season.

Had he been called upon so often, though, Newcastle may have fared a little better so far this campaign.

 

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